Dr. Seyla Benhabib

Yale University

Keynote address title: "Cosmopolitanism After Kant: Claiming Rights Across Borders in a New Century"

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and Director of its Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics. 


  • Another Cosmopolitanism: Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations (Oxford University Press, 2006)
  • The Rights of Others: Aliens, Citizens and Residents (Cambridge University Press, 2004)
  • The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era (Princeton University Press, 2002)
  • The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt (1996; reissued in 2002)
  • Democracy and Difference (Princeton University Press, 1996)
  • Feminism as Critique (together with Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell and Nancy Fraser, 1994)
  • Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (Routledge, 1992)
  • Critique, Norm and Utopia: A Study of the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (1986)

Her work has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Swedish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese.

Professor Benhabib was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2006-07. She has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science since 1996 and has held the Gauss Lectures (Princeton, 1998); the Spinoza chair for distinguished visitors (Amsterdam, 2001); the John Seeley Memorial Lectures (Cambridge, 2002), the Tanner Lectures (Berkeley, 2004) and was the Catedra Ferrater Mora Distinguished Professor in Girona, Spain (Summer 2005). She received an Honorary degree from the Humanistic University in Utrecht in 2004.